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According to information from Rheinmetall Waffen Munition, ROSY rapid fog protection systems are being supplied to the vehicle manufacturer Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) to equip swap-loader trucks for the Bundeswehr. As the company writes in a communication, the delivery comprises 540 systems in a first step. Rheinmetall Waffen Munition is expected to deliver 150 ROSY equipment sets by the beginning of November 2021. The delivery of the remaining 390 equipment sets is to follow by the end of October 2022.

The ROSY systems for trucks consist of two turrets with two magazines, quick fastenings and a control unit. According to the manufacturer, they can be mounted on the vehicle quickly and without tools using a “one-click adapter” or dismantled again for loading purposes. In its communication, Rheinmetall states that, in contrast to conventional smoke protection systems, ROSY can also generate dynamic smoke screens in addition to spontaneous, large-area and multispectral line of sight interruptions. This means that moving objects can also be protected for a long time.

Of the framework contract for the delivery of up to 4,000 swap-body trucks, concluded in June 2020 by the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Federal Armed Forces (BAAINBw), the production of 540 vehicles was commissioned in an initial call, 230 of them with protected cabins . The aim is to have a sufficient number of swap-body trucks when Germany takes over the leadership of the NATO spearhead VJTF (L) in 2023. Due to the volume of the order for the vehicles, Rheinmetall sees potential here for further deliveries of the ROSY protection system.

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Since the swap-body trucks, in contrast to the unprotected transport vehicles (UTF) also supplied by RMMV, also have to move temporarily in the front areas of the operational areas, for example when ammunition supplies for combat and combat support troops, and a hazard cannot be ruled out even in areas to the rear, the ROSY rapid smoke system makes a contribution to protecting the soldiers deployed.

Wolfgang Gelpke